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10:35am

Thu July 28, 2011
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Skunk Stinks Up Georgetown Pharmacy

Ordinarily, customers of the Georgetown CVS pharmacy walk in on two legs, but on Tuesday evening, the store got one of the four-legged, stinky variety. A skunk that had been lingering outside the pharmacy entered the store’s vestibule — the area between the outer and inner automatic doors — around 7:30 p.m., according to CVS surveillance footage. The animal never got further into the store but did spray in the vestibule before leaving.

1:37pm

Wed July 27, 2011
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Corbin City Manager Owes Thousands

Corbin's top city official is mired under the weight of an ever-increasing pile of unpaid property taxes, owing more than $4,500 to Knox County on three separate properties - and some of the unpaid bills date back a decade. Based on a News-Journal assessment of Knox County tax records, Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon currently owes roughly $4,561 in property taxes to the county.

1:39pm

Tue July 26, 2011
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Police Veteran Becomes E-Town's Chief

Elizabethtown City Council on Monday chose a successor to replace outgoing Police Chief Ruben Gardner less than a week before he retires after 40 years as a lawman. The council Monday voted 5-1 to appoint former Louisville Metro Police Department Assistant Chief Tracy Schiller to step into Gardner’s shoes — the first change in the department’s top seat in 20 years.

1:37pm

Tue July 26, 2011
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Public Urged to Help with I-65 Project

A plea went out Monday for area residents to call lawmakers, the governor’s office or anybody they can think of, to stress how important completing Interstate 65 is for the state. Accidents on the 38 miles that haven’t yet been expanded to six lanes are depleting volunteer resources, Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin told the Barren River Area Development District board Monday.

1:26pm

Tue July 26, 2011
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Feds Join Nurses' Registry Lawsuit

The U. S. Department of Justice has joined in a lawsuit against Lexington-based Nurses’ Registry and Home Health Corporation alleging that the firm falsified claims to Medicare.  The government joins the suit that was originally filed in March 2008 by two former Nurses’ Registry employees, Alicia Robinson-Hill and David Price.

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10:25am

Tue July 26, 2011
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Medal of Honor Demanded for Kentuckian

Pikeville's Chase Goodman is hoping that Kentucky native Dakota Meyer gets nationwide recognition for the Medal of Honor he's to receive for braving enemy fire to retrieve the bodies of four buddies in Afghanistan in 2009. And he hopes the medal will make more Americans aware of the military errors and oversights that, Goodman believes, led to the four men's deaths. Goodman has a personal interest in the story: his half-brother, Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., was one of the four men Meyer tried to save.

6:48am

Tue July 26, 2011
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KY Insurance Companies Get Waiver

Kentucky insurance companies have been spared another year of having to comply with a portion of the new federal insurance reforms. Kentucky is one of six states that asked for and received a waiver from the federal government. Under the new agreement insurance companies that received a waiver will spend 75 percent on customer premiums. States that didn’t receive a waiver will pay 80 percent.

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5:38pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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Talks Continue On KY Kingdom Reopening

Louisville Metro Government officials say they remain hopeful that the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park will re-open next spring.

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3:02pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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LEX, LOU in Top-20 Cities for Parents

Parenting Magazine has listed two Kentucky cities in their top 20 cities for families.  Louisville rounds off the top ten, while Lexington ranks 18th. The magazine looked at factors such as quality of schools, prices of  homes, crime rates, available jobs, and parkland. Here is the list…

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12:12pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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FAA Funding Impasse Not Affecting LOU

Congress will continue discussions this week to work out a deal to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA ran out of money on last Friday and some 4,000 employees were put on furlough. Airport modernization projects were also put on hold this week. None of that should affect the Louisville Airport, though.

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9:41am

Mon July 25, 2011
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Emergency Landing on Parkway

The Banner-Republican

A pilot flying out of Warren County was forced to land his single-engine plane on the Natcher Parkway late Sunday morning after losing engine power while flying over Ohio County. Bentley Floyd and grandson Caleb were flying in his RV-6 kit aircraft around 11 a.m. CDT, when he lost power at 7,000 feet. Floyd said looking below he quickly identified the parkway as the most-suitable landing area. The plane touched down in the southbound lanes, about a mile south of the interchange with the Western Kentucky Parkway. The plane sustained damage to the right wing, which scrapped along a guardrail, the right front landing wheel and the rear landing wheel. Floyd said the plane was likely totaled in the parkway landing.

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6:00am

Mon July 25, 2011
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Entertaining the Troops Overseas

Jackie Zettles Montgomerygentry.com

The USO and the Kentucky National Guard are teaming up to entertain the troops and their families back at home.  The audience for Montgomery Gentry's next Louisville show won't just be sitting in the KFC Yum Center; it'll also be stationed around the world.

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5:55am

Mon July 25, 2011
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KSP Recruits For 2012

Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police are recruiting cadets for the class of 2012.

Recruitment Commander Rick Saint-Blancard says the KSP training academy in Frankfort can accommodate as many as 120 cadets. He says applicants must be prepared for the physical and mental rigors of a 23-week training program.

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10:08am

Sun July 24, 2011
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Final Ft. Knox Armor School Graduation

The clock stopped Friday morning for the Armor School at Fort Knox as the final graduating class took the stage at Olive Theater for a final rite in their baptism into the world of tankers. It took 15 weeks of rigorous exercises and back-breaking ordeals, but 143 soldiers became a part of history as members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment. New chapters of armor history will be written at Fort Benning, Ga., but it is not an entirely new story. Armor, in essence, started at Fort Benning under Gen. George S. Patton.

10:05am

Sun July 24, 2011
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New Connector Set to Open

After more than a year of construction, the new connector between Ky. 100 and the Russellville By-Pass/U.S. 68-Ky. 80 is nearly complete and set to open to motorists Wednesday. The one-mile stretch of road is hoped to be the first section of the southern Russellville By-Pass, with the goal being to eventually have the bypass make a complete circle around the city.

4:16pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Louisville Slugger Loses Appeal

An appeal by Louisville Slugger to the Supreme Court of Montana was unanimously rejected Thursday.  The appeal was filed in response to a 2006 judgment. In 2003, 18-year-old pitcher Brandon Patch died after a baseball hit him in the face. The ball was struck by an aluminum bat made by Louisville Slugger.

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2:26pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Louisville Lawmakers Denounce Merger

Joining state lawmakers and hundreds of residents, three members of the Louisville Metro Council are criticizing the pending merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives.  Council members Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, and Marianne Butler, D-15, signed a petition that will appear as a half-page advertisement in the Courier-Journal this weekend, which protests the hospital merger and says it will “stop vital medical procedures” for residents in the area.

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2:21pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Despite Heatwave, Power Grid Holding Up

Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham says despite thousands of households running air conditioners 24/7, the local power grid is surprisingly in good shape, and at present, there are no signs of a potential brownout.  "We hit a July peak on Wednesday and so we figured it would continue to set another peak on Thursday and it did not do that."

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12:48pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Crane Hunt Opponents Voice Worry

Opponents of a proposed hunting season for sandhill cranes still have several more chances to have the policy blocked or overturned. The nine-member Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved last month a pilot plan to allow up to 400 hunters to kill up to 400 cranes this winter. About 20 attended a public meeting Thursday morning at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources building at the Frankfort Game Farm to voice their opposition to the hunt.

10:04am

Fri July 22, 2011
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EPA Finalizes Surface-Mining Regulations

Federal regulators have finalized surface-mining guidelines that have caused controversy in Appalachian coal country, including Eastern Kentucky. The guidelines include a new standard for judging the effect of mining on water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said use of the guidelines will better protect water quality and aquatic life in streams below mountaintop strip mines. Runoff from mining operations contains substances such as chlorides and sulfates that can damage water quality.

10:10am

Thu July 21, 2011
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Western KY Mentoring Program to Close

After serving the community for more than 35 years, the Hopkinsville Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is shutting its doors. The board of directors for the service organization voted to shut down operations at its July 5 meeting, according to a news release Tuesday. “It’s very heartbreaking for us to have to come to terms with this decision,” said Cecelia Cloos, president of the board of directors. During her 10 years of work with the organization, Cloos said, two changes led to the organization shutting down: a lack of funding and declining interest among mentors.

9:59am

Thu July 21, 2011
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KY Marine to Receive Medal of Honor

Pentagon officials say President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to a Marine from Kentucky who braved enemy fire in Afghanistan in a bid to find and retrieve three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman. Meyer, a 2006 graduate of Green County High School, is originally from Greensburg.

9:56am

Thu July 21, 2011
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Non-Parent Guardians On the Rise

Lexington Herald-Leader

The number of children in Kentucky being raised by someone other than a parent went up significantly in nearly every county from 2000 to 2010, new U.S. Census figures show. The jump was dramatic in some places — 283 percent in McCracken County, for instance, which was the highest, and 148 percent in McCreary County, according to an analysis of data by the Herald-Leader. Police and other officials said a debilitating level of substance abuse is one key factor in the statewide increase.

1:46pm

Wed July 20, 2011
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WKU Professor Helps Detect Explosives

Bruce Kessler’s math research has never been a life saver - until now. Kessler, a math professor and associate dean of Western Kentucky University’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering, helped develop a piece of software that can detect hidden explosives and illegal substances. It’s a breakthrough piece of technology that can help officials screen for such devices in a nondestructive way, which, until recently, has been nearly impossible, Kessler said.

1:40pm

Wed July 20, 2011
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Officials Silent on Director's Dismissal

Officials are largely silent on the dismissal of Ralph Tharp, executive director of the economic development agency in Franklin County. Libby Marshall, chairwoman of the Kentucky Capital Development Corp., announced Saturday Tharp’s one-year contract would not be renewed when it expires in October. She declined Tuesday to explain what was behind the decision. It’s unclear if the board of directors voted on the matter and if a vote was taken whether it was behind closed doors or in open session.

10:33am

Wed July 20, 2011
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Work Progresses on Ohio River Bridge

Work continues on construction of a new Ohio River bridge connecting Milton - in Trimble County - with Madison, Ind. Later in the summer Walsh Construction will erect temporary support towers on the downriver side of the existing bridge location onto which the new truss system will be lifted and placed. These towers will carry the weight of the bridge when traffic is transferred from the existing structure onto the temporary location. Once traffic is rerouted to the new bridge on the temporary towers the demolition of the old bridge superstructure will begin.

10:11am

Wed July 20, 2011
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Legislators Prepare for Redistricting

Legislators will prepare this week for the task of redrawing the political district lines. Tim Storey, a senior fellow from the National Conference of State Legislatures, on Thursday will explain the process and history of political redistricting to the legislators who will start the process either in a special session or the next regular session of the General Assembly in 2012. The state redistricts political boundaries once every decade to reflect the population changes shown by the U.S. Census.

5:15pm

Tue July 19, 2011
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LEX Cig Ban Cited in Bowling Green Case

The attorney appealing the citation and fine against American Legion Post 23 for violating Bowling Green's smoking ban argues that the post should be exempt from the ordinance and cites a case in Lexington as being similar. But the city has maintained that, because members of the public are invited to charitable gaming events, the post is not exempt from the ordinance.

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5:12pm

Tue July 19, 2011
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100 Degree Heat Index Prompts Warning

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is urging the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during this period of extreme heat, particularly dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles. According to Safe Kids, 49 children in the U.S. died last year from heat stroke while unattended in vehicles. From 1998-2010, at least 494 deaths are known to have occurred nationally. In Kentucky, there have been 13 deaths attributed to vehicular hyperthermia during the same time period and one death every year since 2004.

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1:33pm

Tue July 19, 2011
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Town Petitions for Alcohol Sales

A petition is circulating at local gas stations that seeks to legalize alcohol sales in the Boyle County town of Junction City, taking advantage of the city’s recent upgrade in classification. If the petition is certified by the county clerk and judge-executive, residents would vote later this year on whether to become fully wet, allowing for licenses including retail beer and package liquor.

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